This pesto flatbread pizza is the perfect busy weekday meal! It can be on the table in under 20 minutes with minimal effort and ingredients.
At the end of the week when I'm running low on energy and groceries, I always turn to good ol' pizza to save me. Takeout pizza is awesome, but if you are looking for a fun and easy activity to do with your child (that also happens to be delicious), try making it at home!
- Flatbread or naan bread - there are some good recipes out there but I like to get a little help from the store, especially since this meal is meant to be quick and easy.
- Chicken - Cook a big batch to enjoy throughout the week, like in this flatbread pizza!
- Mozzarella - Highly recommend using fresh mozzarella (like for this one pot cabbage lasagna) for the best texture and flavor. You can use shredded if you prefer. But be sure to add a good layer of it to prevent it from drying out upon baking.
- Pesto - you can use store-bought or homemade.
- Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Place flatbread directly onto baking sheet or line with parchment paper or baking mat. Spread an even layer of pesto.
- Add cheese then chicken and tomatoes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. That's it!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are some great store-bought pesto out there so if you are pressed for time or in need of a break, never hesitate to take all the shortcuts you need!
But if you are looking for some easy and healthy homemade pesto recipes, try this zucchini pesto (which is what I used here), broccoli white bean pesto, or even beetroot pesto!
Feel free to use any of your favorite vegan cheese.
How to serve to babies
Serve the pizza deconstructed to make it safer and easier to eat.
For the mozzarella, slicing into thin rounds will minimize the risk of choking. Hold off on offering cherry tomatoes until 9 months of age. This is because they are cherry tomatoes and you MUST quarter them to minimize the risk.
Quartered or small pieces of food require a pincer grasp which doesn't develop until around 9 months of age (maybe 8 months for some).
How to serve to toddlers and kids
This is such a great way to get your child involved in the cooking process. Have them spread the pesto and top with the rest of the ingredients. They are more likely to eat what they make.
If your child is learning to accept mixed foods, serve this deconstructed along with a small piece of cooked flatbread pizza for exposure.
How to freeze flatbread pizza
While you have all the ingredients out, go ahead and make extra to freeze for a quick, effortless meal down the road!
First assemble however many pizzas you want to make. Place on a sheet pan and freeze for 30-45 minutes, or until frozen solid. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag.
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Chicken pesto flatbread pizza
- 1 flatbread crust
- ¼ cup pesto, store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup diced chicken
- cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 ouncecs fresh mozzarella cheese , sliced
- Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
- Place flatbread on a sheet pan and spread pesto on top.
- Top with mozzarella, tomatoes, and chicken.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is crispy and cheese is melted.